He who by reanimating the Old can gain knowledge of the New is fit to be a teacher.

--  Confucius

In the landscape of the soul there is a desert, a wilderness, an emptiness, and all great [teachers] must cross this desert to reach the beginning of their road. Jesus. Buddha. Moses. Mohammed. All wandered through the wasteland, speaking to demons, speaking to empty air, listening to the wind, before finding their dove, their bo tree, their stone tablets, before finding their true voice.

--  Ray Faraday Nelson

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Nelson, above, speaks of four figures considered by many wayfarers, myself included, as forever dependable fountains of wisdom. Walking together with them must also surely be Confucius and Socrates. Fountains are like heroes. They inspire you to better personhood. Fountains let their wisdom flow to and through you. Fountains ask in subtle ways that you carry on their journeys -- but that you tread lightly in their paths, rather tending unceasingly to your own. Here are other fountains who inspire:

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To understand truth one must have a very sharp, precise, clear mind; not a cunning mind, but a mind that is capable of looking without any distortion, a mind innocent and vulnerable. Only such a mind can see what truth is. Nor can a mind that is filled with knowledge perceive what truth is; only a mind that is completely capable of learning can do that. Learning is not the accumulation of knowledge. Learning is movement from moment to moment.

--  J. Krishnamurti

Sadness gives depth. Happiness gives height. Sadness gives roots. Happiness gives branches. Happiness is like a tree going into the sky, and sadness is like the roots going down into the womb of the earth. Both are needed, and the higher a tree goes, the deeper it goes, simultaneously. The bigger the tree, the bigger will be its roots. In fact, it is always in proportion. That's its balance.

--  Osho, Everyday Osho<>

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